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The Concept of Crime in Continental Law Jurisdictions

  • Iryna Marchuk
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Abstract

All crimes in German criminal law fall within two major categories, Verbrechen (equivalent to the old UK category of felonies) and Vergehen (akin to misdemeanours). Article 12 (1) of the German Criminal Code defines Vebrechen as “unlawful acts punished by a minimum sentence of one year of imprisonment”. Vergehen are described as “unlawful acts punishable by a lesser term of imprisonment or a fine. The criminal offence in German criminal law, irrespective of whether it constitutes Verbrechen or Vergehen, has the three-layered (tripartite) structure:

Keywords

Criminal Offence Criminal Code Criminal Responsibility Criminal Liability Objective Element 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Iryna Marchuk
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  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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